Days in these mine-infested fields begin like any other, whether they will irreversibly alter someone’s life or not.
We’ve spent decades treating the victims of explosive weapons and, from the very beginning, fought against the use of landmines.
Entire countries are still covered with anti-personnel mines, ready to explode at any moment. Often, children mistake them for toys, with tragic consequences.
In 1998, we opened our Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Centre in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq – a country in which mines have killed over 6,000 people in the last 25 years. Many of our patients have fallen victim to a landmine and lost an arm or a leg.
We take their measurements, produce and fit a prosthesis, provide physiotherapy to help them accustom themselves to the new limb, and even offer vocational training to help them reintegrate back into society.